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How to Choose a Front Door

front doors You only get one chance to make a first impression, so how to choose a front door for your home is an extremely important consideration. After all, the front door is the most prominent feature of a house. Enhancing your entry door can boost your curb appeal. That’s especially important for anyone considering selling his or her home. Even if selling is not in their future, homeowners should pay special attention to their front door. After all, it is the gateway to any home.

The experts at Therma-Tru, the leading entry door brand most preferred by builders and remodelers, recently shared some tips for assessing your current door and insights on door aesthetics and components:

  • Evaluate Your Door: Ask yourself if the style of your door matches the design of your home. Touch your door. If you can feel the exterior temperature from the inside, you may not have adequate insulation. Check its appearance for warping or rotting, or dings and rust.
  • Check the Locks: Locks should operate smoothly and be strong enough to help protect your home. A multi-point locking system that engages a series of locks at several places on the frame can offer peace-of-mind.
  • Slam Your Door: Be sure any replacement door you purchase is constructed and tested to withstand harsh treatment. Consider materials such as fiberglass, which can offer the beauty of such classic materials as wood, while being low-maintenance and long lasting.
  • Door Appeal: Your front door should welcome guests to your home. Try a paintable fiberglass door to add a pop of color or stick to the classic look of wood grain, which, when stained, adds warmth.

For inspiration, check out this collection of 77 front doors and entryways in the latest issue of Houzz. Click the first photo to get started, and then share which door you’d like to walk through every day.

If this discussion about how to choose a front door has started you thinking about the possibility of selling your home in any of the upscale communities of Montecito, Hope Ranch or Santa Barbara, please allow me to offer my 25+ years of expertise in this market. I can help you with everything from curb appeal, to marketing your hone to the right potential buyers. Just call me at 805.886.9378 or email me at and we’ll begin your house selling journey. I am also here to help homeowners in these upscale communities buy a new home here. Let’s get together and discuss your needs!

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